Work with Bell young learners

Before applying

Click to expandAm I eligible to work in the UK?

Bell has a duty to check all employees’ entitlement to work in the UK. We are only able to employ those eligible to work in the UK, either via means of EU citizenship or those holding a valid Tier 1, 4 or 5 visa. Please note that Bell is unable to provide visa sponsorship and can not accept applications from non EU citizens or applicants without a valid UK visa. For further details on eligibility to work in the UK, please visit

Click to expandCan I apply if I have limited availability over the summer?

Contracts can vary in length. A typical contract could last between 2-8 weeks. We are happy to accept applications from candidates with limited availability. However, please note, if you are only available in August preference will be given to applicants with earlier availability in the first instance.

Click to expandDo I need to complete an application form?

As an institution that deals with young learners, Bell is committed to the safeguarding of children. As such we require all applicants to fill out the Experience and Education application form in order to ensure we have an up-to-date, common set of data for all staff. We are happy to accept CVs in addition to the application form, however, please note, a CV alone will not constitute a job application.

In order to access the application form and apply for your chosen role, you will need to register on our website. For more information, visit the how to apply section.

Click to expandWhat qualifications do I need to apply?

Bell is regulated by the British Council; as such we require all of our EFL Teachers to be degree qualified and hold a CELTA (or equivalent). Please note that in order to qualify as a CELTA equivalent the course must be a face-to-face course, involving a minimum of 100 hours study and 6 hours of observed teaching.

Directors of Studies must be degree qualified and hold a DELTA (or equivalent).

For qualifications required for other roles please see specific job descriptions.

Click to expandWill I be expected to get involved in other areas?

Bell young learner courses are residential and as such you will regularly be expected to get involved in areas outside of your main remit. For example, EFL Teachers will also be required to lead activity sessions, take on houseparenting duties and participate in excursions. We hope that this approach will provide you with a well rounded experience at Bell.

Click to expandWhat if I am not good at sports?

Not all of our activity sessions involve active sports. You may enjoy leading craft sessions, performing arts, quiz sessions or evening events. We do not expect all staff to be experts in the activity they are leading; we do however ask that all staff participate enthusiastically in their designated session and show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, whilst remaining professional and responsible at all times.

Before starting your role

Click to expandDo I need a CRB check?

As part of our commitment to protect and safeguard children we require all staff to obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure. Therefore, as part of our safer recruitment procedure we are obliged to carry out these checks for all of our employees prior to appointment.

Please be aware that any returning staff members who have had a gap in their service at Bell of three months or more will be required to complete a new CRB application form.

We will send you a CRB form along with your Welcome Pack after an offer of employment has been made and accepted.

Click to expandWhat if I have been living/working overseas?

Police Clearance Certificates for staff living/working overseas
If you are currently living and working in a country other than the UK, you will need to obtain a police clearance certificate from that country in addition to completing a CRB application. These can normally be obtained from your local police station and must be done before you leave the country. As with CRB applications, you will need to obtain a new certificate after each gap in service during your time at Bell.

Workers Registration Scheme
You must register under the Worker Registration Scheme if you wish to work for a UK employer for more than one month and are a citizen of any of the following countries:

  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia

Please be aware that there is a fee for registering under the Worker Registration Scheme. The cost of registering will not be covered by Bell.

For further information regarding the WRS please see

Click to expandWhat type of references do you need?

As part of our commitment to protecting and safeguarding children and young persons, we require all course staff to have up-to-date references. We require at least two professional references that span your last five years of employment. One of these references must be from your most recent/current employer. If you have previously worked with children we will request a reference from this employer in order to assess your suitability to work with children. If you are currently studying we can accept a reference from your tutor.

For returning staff we will take up additional references each time you have a gap in employment with Bell.

Please note that we are unable to accept character references or references from personal email addresses (Hotmail, Yahoo etc.)

Location and accommodation

Click to expandI'm travelling by car. Is parking available on site?

Parking is available on all sites.

Click to expandI'm travelling by air or train. What are the nearest airports/stations?

Bell Bedgebury International School
Airport: London Gatwick. Train station: Marden.
Bloxham School
Airport: London Heathrow. Train station: Banbury.
Cobham Hall
Airport: London Gatwick or London Stansted. Train station: Meopham
The Leys School
Airport: London Stansted. Train station: Cambridge.
Wellington College
Airport: London Heathrow. Train station: Crowthorne.

Click to expandCan I bring my partner/children?

Accommodation on every course is limited and only staff members are permitted to be resident on site. As such staff are not permitted to bring partners or children with them.

Click to expandIs accommodation available the night before the contract start date?

Accommodation is not available before your start date.

If you plan to arrive before your contracted start date please contact the Recruitment Team who can provide you with a list of well-priced, local accommodation.

Please be aware that Bell cannot reimburse any accommodation costs or guarantee the availability of local accommodation. It is the responsibility of the individual staff member to book and fund this as required.

Click to expandWhat is the accommodation like?

Staff will generally have a single bedroom with shared bathroom facilities in single gender areas. In extreme situations staff may be asked to share a twin room with another member of staff of the same gender.

Click to expandAre there laundry facilities?

There are laundry facilities available for staff at each site.

Click to expandIs Internet access available on site?

Computer facilities are available to staff, but WiFi is not available at all schools. Please check first before bringing your own laptop. Further information on the use of IT is provided in our Code of Conduct, which can be found by logging into the young learner staff extranet.

Essential information

Click to expandIs there a dress code?

You are expected to dress appropriately according to activity. Vests, beach wear, bare shoulders and bare feet are not acceptable in the classroom or on excursions. Clothing must not be revealing, shabby or dirty.

Click to expandWhat should I bring with me?

Each teacher is responsible for designing, planning and preparing their own language and activity lessons. We have a range of teaching materials available to staff, both electronic and printed. Computer and internet facilities are also available. Staff members are welcome to bring along teaching materials they feel may benefit their lessons. Language lessons are based on a project and it is advisable to collect appropriate ideas and materials before the start of the courses. Further information on lesson ideas is provided in our Staff Handbook, which can be found by logging into the young learner staff extranet.

Personal items
Bed linen is provided on site. You will need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

You are advised to bring casual clothing, including sportswear, swimwear and trainers suitable for participating in activity sessions.

You may also wish to bring a small amount of smart clothing as there may be the occasional formal event.

Bell is not liable for any loss of or damage to personal items belonging to staff. Insurance must be arranged by individual staff as required.

Click to expandCan I book holiday during the course?

Because employment contracts for YL staff are relatively short-term, it is not usual to take holiday during the course. However, holiday leave may be possible for the occasional day. Please note that all holiday must be applied for in advance and approval received before you make any arrangements. You are entitled to paid annual statutory holiday. Holidays must be taken in accordance with operational requirements and be approved by your line manager. If it is not permissible to take holiday during the assignment you will be paid in lieu of untaken holiday.

Click to expandHow are the days off arranged?

Each weekly day off is allocated by the Centre Manager based on course requirements and most effective staff deployment. Requests for a specific day of the week must be given to the Centre Manager at the start of the course.

Click to expandWill I receive feedback on my performance?

All staff will have an end of course feedback meeting with their relevant managers. This is an opportunity for both parties to discuss performance on the course overall as well as any other issues raised. Staff are encouraged, however, to speak with senior members of staff at any time during the course if they need advice/guidance or if they would like to discuss a problem or concern. A written report will be compiled and will be held on the individual staff member’s secure file in the HR department. Please note that this feedback will have a bearing on future employment decisions.

Click to expandHow will my performance be assessed?

Teachers, Activity Leaders and Houseparents will be observed whilst performing their key duties at least once during the course. You will be observed by your line manager and will be given written and oral feedback on your performance. Any areas for improvement will be identified and appropriate support given to help you achieve these. You will be expected to produce a plan of work in advance (e.g. lesson plan for teachers, house meeting agenda for houseparents) for your line manager to review before the observation takes place.

Click to expandHow and when will I be paid?

You will be sent an Assignment Schedule from the HR team along with your contract. You will be paid on or around the payment date stated on this schedule. The only time you will not be paid on time is if you have not returned all of your payroll paperwork or if the bank details you have supplied are incorrect.

Staff with international bank accounts will have to pay £15 bank charges per payment to cover Bell’s costs in making the payment.

Click to expandWhat training and support will I receive?

Bell is committed to the Continuous Professional Development of all staff including those on permanent and temporary contracts.

At the beginning of each summer course, you will have two or three days' induction where you will have the opportunity to learn about Bell, our courses and our systems and procedures. At least one in–service training session (INSET) per course will be held for all staff groups. We also provide training on Child Protection for all young learner staff.

In addition to the above, Bell has various opportunities for staff to apply for training at other times of the year. This could include attendance at a conference or sponsorship for courses, e.g. First Aid, Lifeguard and CELTA. You will learn more about these opportunities while you are working with us.


“Working with young learners has given me a chance to think about my future career, while doing something I enjoy.”
Laura, Activity Leader,
Bell Bedgebury International School